||September 18th, 2008|
The Paper - Banned at
Tri City Hospital
Last Thursday morning, at approximately 10am, Bob Allred, a delivery driver for The Paper, was accosted by a member of the Tri City Hospital Administration and at least two security guards who escorted Allred out of the hospital and told him he was not allowed to distribute The Paper inside of Tri City Hospital.
Allred reported to Lyle Davis, the publisher, that a member of the Tri City Auxiliary had spoken to him in the lobby and told him he could not deliver in the lobby; Allred than proceeded to the Emergency Room waiting room where he continued his deliveries. After completing his deliveries and preparing to depart the hospital, he was accosted by the officials.
Allred correctly, and politely, informed the officials that under both California and federal constitutional law we had a legal right to distribute our community newspaper in a public hospital, similar to the magazines and other media available in waiting rooms. Hospital officials responded by saying those were donated or purchased for the hosptial and available to the public as a courtesy. The Paper maintains a strong legal position that hospital officials had absolutely no legal authority to escort our personnel off campus.
The Paper is not popular with administrators of hospital districts. We have been extremely critical of both Palomar Pomerado Health’s administration as well as Tri-City’s administration and board of directors. Most recently we opposed Measure M, (Prop A) which sought passage of a $589 bond measure. It failed.
Word has been received by The Paper that officials, administrators, and members of the foundation are not pleased with The Paper and/or its editorial policy.
Lyle Davis, the publisher, responded by saying: “We’re not in this business to please hospital administrators or boards. We are here as representatives of the people. We are their eyes and ears and our job is to keep them informed. We intend on continuing that mission and if we step on some toes in the process, that’s just a price that must be paid.”
Davis said he, personally, would deliver this week’s edition of The Paper to Tri City Hospital and that if the administrators and security people wish to confront him and attempt to remove him from the hospital this will be their opportunity. Davis also said he is prepared to file charges of false imprisonment with the Oceanside Police Department if such an action is attempted.
Escondido Driver’s License Checkpoint
On September 15, 2008, the Escondido Police Department conducted a stationary Drivers License Checkpoint, from 7:30 to 9:30 A.M., in the area of Washington Avenue at Kaile Lane. A total of 685 vehicles passed through the checkpoint; 664 drivers were contacted and 40 vehicles were directed to a secondary stop, after the drivers were unable to provide a current drivers license. During the secondary stop 15 vehicles were impounded and 16 citations were issued.
Fifteen of the citations were issued for subjects driving with no valid driver's license, and three of the 16 drivers cited were charged with failure to show proof of current automobile insurance. One driver was arrested for an outstanding warrant for felony re-entry into the United States, and later released to the Department of Homeland Security.
Undercover ABC Operation Yields One Arrest
On Thursday, September 11, 2008, the Escondido Police Department's Special Investigations Unit (SIU), in conjunction with the State of California Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC), conducted a minor decoy operation of several ABC licensed establishments in the City of Escondido.
A total of 19 establishments were checked during this operation. During each compliance check, a decoy was sent inside the business and attempted to purchase alcohol. One location sold alcohol to the decoy:
Sr. Taquito, 1620 East Valley Pkwy., Escondido
The SIU/ABC team cited Reyna Anacleto, 26, of Escondido CA. for selling alcohol to a minor, a violation of B&P 22658 (a). Additionally, the business faces possible administrative actions by ABC.
The SIU/ABC team checked numerous other locations throughout the city. These types of checks are conducted on a regular basis to ensure ABC licensed establishments are operating in compliance with their regulatory conditions and all ABC laws. These types of checks, as well as other types of ABC operations, will be conducted throughout the year with funding from a recent ABC grant awarded to the Escondido Police Department.
Escondido Police Department's objective is that through aggressive enforcement, all ABC licensed establishments will check IDs, say no to minors, and not serve to obviously intoxicated persons. ABC licensed establishments can get their employees trained, free, through ABC's Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (L.E.A.D.) program.
Emmy Award Winning Documentary by Local Filmmaker to Screen at Temecula Valley International Film Festival
"Conflict, Unity and Love: The TKF Story," an Emmy Award winning documentary produced by local filmmaker Ken Kebow, will have its first big screen premiere at the 2008 Temecula Valley International Film Festival (TVIFF) in September 2008.
Screening times for the documentary during the Festival in Temecula are as follows:
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2PM at the Movie Experience, Tower Plaza (Temecula)
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2PM at the Movie Experience, Tower Plaza (Temecula)
Produced and directed by Kebow and funded with a grant from the County of San Diego Cable and Telecommunications Review Commission, the half hour program examines the amazing story of forgiveness between two men after a tragic loss.
The "TKF Story" began in San Diego, California, on the tragic evening of January 21, 1995, when 20-year-old San Diego State University (SDSU) student Tariq Khamisa was shot and killed by a 14-year-old gang recruit while delivering pizzas. His assailant, Tony Hicks, fired the fatal bullet on orders from an 18-year-old gang leader.
To honor his son Tariq's life and find meaning in his death, Azim established the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF) in October 1995. Remarkably, Azim Khamisa, an international businessman, reached out in forgiveness to Ples Felix, the grandfather and guardian of Tony Hicks, his son's assailant. Ples, a manager for the City of San Diego, joined with Azim in dedicating their lives to ending the plague of youth violence in our country. Together, Azim and Ples have spoken to tens of thousands of school children through TKF's Violence Impact Forum (VIF) program about the "power of forgiveness" to break the cycle of violence.
Since its local television premiere on San Diego's CTN and KPBS, "Conflict, Unity & Love" has received the following accolades:
" 2008 Emmy Award - Pacific Southwest Region (Topical Documentary)
" 2008 Bronze Telly Award - Excellence in Documentary Programming
" 2008 Silver REMI Award for Documentary - Houston Intl. Film Festival
" Acceptance in Festival - 2008 Worldfest Houston
" Acceptance in Festival - 2008 Temecula Valley International Film Festival
Azim Khamisa (left) and Ples Felix, right.
Ken Kebow and his Emmy
Proposed Zoning May Keep Undesirable Stores from Locating in Downtown Escondido
There seems to be general agreemant among Escondido city officials that zoning rules need to be strengthened in order to keep the more attractive type businesses in downtown Escondido and the less desirable stores such as discount and thrift stores out.
Planners have indicated they want to regain the downtown flavor the city once enjoyed . . . with a number of fine art galleries, excellent restaurants, and desirable stores to shop. Of late, there are a number of vacant stores and not only does that not look good it also tends to attract businesses who insist on paying lower rents.
The city's Planning Commission unanimously approved the stricter downtown zoning rules last week, and the City Council is scheduled to consider them Oct. 8.
Planning Commission Chairman Darol Castor said recently, "With all of the plans to revitalize downtown, it makes sense to do this."
It is axiomatic that when vacancies go up, rents tend to fall, and then the discount type stores move in. City officials don’t want this. The downtown merchants don’t want it. Changes to the Downtown Specific Plan would spell out clearly to potential businesses what would be, and what would not be, allowed. The Escondido Chamber of Commerce is on record as supporting such a move.
Chamber officials, city officials, and existing downtown merchants all agree that it would be foolhardy to allow discount stores into the downtown area, particularly in view of the plans for a seven-story Marriott hotel in between City Hall and the city's performing arts center. The $65 million project has been delayed by financing concerns, but city officials have expressed optimism that the hotel will attract more upscale restaurants and high-end uses if it is built.
Escondido Council Candidate Forum Raises Issues About Illegal Immigration and Downtown’s Future
The election season is entering a full swing status and candidate forums are drawing interested observers from throughout the city. Recently, the Escondido Chamber of Commerce staged a candidate forum and all candidates appeared. More recently, this past Monday, all candidates also appeared at the regular meeting of The Escondido Republican Club to field questions and to make statements about their candidacy.
In the Chamber Candidates Forum, challengers Olga Diaz and Richard Barron attacked incumbents Ed Gallo and Sam Abed for promising $18 million to a downtown hotel developer, not helping local small businesses enough and pursuing an overnight parking ordinance that has been criticized as racist.
The more recent meeting at TERC was a bit less heated but all candidates managed to make their points. Gallo and Abed spoke of the city's robust economic development in recent years and some sharp reductions in crime. They also said the downtown hotel will be an economic catalyst, and that the parking ordinance is a necessary response to multiple families sharing single-family homes in central Escondido.
Chuck Voelker, in his first time bid for a council seat, told the audience at the TERC that he thought there was a misperception about the overnight parking ordinance and the traffic checkpoints as well. “My dad taught me two things long ago . . if you’re going to drive, you have to have a license. You also have to have insurance. It’s really that simple. Driving is a privilege, not a right.”
The only candidate who did not appear at the TERC meeting was Dennis French.
Mayor Pro Tem Sam Abed and Ed Gallo are generally recognized as being active forces in curtailing the problems associated with illegal immigrants in Escondido. Indeed, Abed points out, he is an immigrant . . . but he immigrated legally. Both Gallo and Abed said they have zero problems with legal immigrants of any nationality . . . they do have a problem with illegal immigrants and will continue to seek a solution.
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Trade Tech Sees Smaller Number of Students
Officials say North County Trade Tech High is off to an excellent beginning even though the student turnout is less than expected or desired. Only 40 students have signed up where they had anticipated nearly 100 at the contruction themed charter school in Vista.
Still, Principal Rob Atterbury said he hopes to have the full 100 students by the end of the year as he continues to recruit and enroll new freshmen.
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